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Dec 28, 2023

Rebecca's story starts in the North East of England, where she grew up on a smallholding in an area with little ethnic diversity. Influenced by her mom's passion for animals, she pursued a dream of becoming a vet and moved to Liverpool for University. 

As a young mom, she discovered tennis and joined a fitness group before her journey led her to running.

Residing at the foot of the Pennines in West Yorkshire with her husband and two children. Rebecca turned to running in 2021 as a way to escape life's demands of a busy family life and the stress of running a veterinary practice during Covid. In 2022, she set her first trail race goal, a 16k trail race in the Lakes. 

Rebecca's story also includes her involvement with Black Trail Runners, where she found community and purpose. She shares her experiences, from Endure 24 to the 3 Dales Marathon in North Yorkshire. 

Rebecca shares more about why she wants to  participate in challenging races, how she build inner strength, and expands her comfort zone. She candidly discusses her experiences, of training for and running in the mountainous  Adidas TERREX Infinite trails race in Austria. Plus how she completed her longest run to date, 77k on the Peak Divide running from Sheffield to Manchester through the Peak District.

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Show notes

  • Who is Rebecca
  • Her early years in the North East of England
  • Growing up on a small holding 
  • Living in the least ethnically diverse place in the whole of the UK
  • Being influenced by her dad who was super sporty
  • Her mum’s passion for animals and how it influenced Rebecca into wanting to become a vet
  • Having one cat 
  • Studying to become a vet at Liverpool University 
  • Being use to working hard and dealing with pressure and stress
  • Gaining work experience at every opportunity
  • Not being able to do sport while at university 
  • Moving to a more diverse city 
  • Growing up in white spaces
  • Not being a runner
  • Having her first child in 2014 and feeling a bit lost 
  • Getting into tennis and starting to play on a regular basis
  • Having her 2nd child in 2018 and joining a mums fitness group
  • The impact of covid while working as a vet  
  • Getting into running in 2021
  • Living in West Yorkshire at the foot of the Pennines 
  • Running to have time to herself and to get away from everything 
  • Deciding to set a running goal in 2022 and entering her first trail race (16k trail race in the lakes)
  • Her journey with Black Trails Runners, where it all started
  • Watching Martin 'MJ' Johnson in the film - ‘Run to the Source’ made with Patagonia 
  • Feeling uncomfortable, weird and isolated 
  • The sense of satisfaction after completing her first race
  • Finding her community and what she wanted to do
  • Getting more involved in BTR and what that looked like
  • Connecting with an online community via social media 
  • Endure 24 with BTR  
  • Signing up for the 3 Dales Marathon, North Yorkshire 
  • Not eating or drinking enough and how it impacted her race
  • Building inner strength and dealing with the hard moments while out on the race
  • Entering the growth zone and expanding your comfort zone
  • Signing up for 2 more races
  • Running The Haworth Hobble in winter 
  • Running the Peak Divide (a 2 day ultra - running from Manchester to Sheffield) 
  • Singing up to do Infinite Trails 
  • Fitting in training around her life and what it looks like 
  • Liking routine and liking to be busy
  • Why it’s about the journey 
  • Deciding to apply to run in her first mountain race and becoming part of the first all female, all black running team
  • Needing to be prepared
  • Working with a running coach - Sam from Kings of the Wild Frontier
  • Having the opportunity to train in Chamonix and Snowdonia and spending time as a team
  • Running the “Short Leg” as part of the relay - 21k, 1900m of climbing! 
  • Running the 10k technical descent and the concentration needed to get to the finish 
  • Recovery after the race and struggling to walk afterwards
  • Having a 77k ultra marathon (Peak Divide) the week after! 
  • Dealing with pain and nausea and not being in a good place 
  • Not knowing how she would be able to run the final 40k 
  • Trying to turn it around mentally 
  • Needing to stop thinking about the end and focusing on the next step
  • Taking things step by step and slowly starting to feel better
  • Finishing the race after a difficult and challenging internal battle!
  • Filming a short film for Kendal Mountain Festival
  • Being on the cover of German Trail Magazine 
  • Sharing her journey on Instagram 
  • Final words of advice to encourage and motivate you
  • This about the journey and don’t always think about the end goal
  • “You can achieve, you just have to take the first steps"

 

Social Media

Instagram: @rebecca_runs_wild 

Black Trail Runners - A community and campaigning charity seeking to increase inclusion, participation and representation of Black people in trail running 🏃🏿‍♂️🏃🏿‍♀️

Website: www.blacktrailrunners.run 

Instagram: @blacktrailrunners 

Facebook: @blacktrailrunners 

 
Dec 26, 2023

Bethan is committed to challenging the way we talk about running to encourage as many people as possible to find joy in the experience. She’s an advocate for pace inclusion, spending time outdoors and living well in the world.

Bethan in her own words:

“I live in South London with my husband Mike, our daughter Evie and Loki the Brussels Griffon in a flat that has views over the whole city. 

A few years ago I quit the city and went back to university to work on my PhD and I spend my days researching the representations and identities of women in ultra running in the Sport Business Research Centre at Birkbeck, University of London. 

I’ve struggled with my wellbeing and mental health for most of my life. Over the years I’ve found things that have helped make things more manageable and I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learnt to help other people ‘Live Well In The World’.”

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Show notes

  • Who is Bethan?
  • Being a feminist sociologist of sport
  • Her academic approach to her insights 
  • Having a post modernist feminist perspective 
  • Being an activist with an agenda
  • Asking questions and wanting to learn and develop her thoughts 
  • Sharing about her life on social media 
  • Her manifesto and how it came about
  • Managing her mental health 
  • Wanting to live well in the world
  • Managing the physical and mental stress, rest and energy
  • Wanting to be content and to enjoy herself 
  • Mindset, gratitude and connection
  • The benefits of movement and why it always has a place in her life
  • Feeling better in nature and spending time outside 
  • Starting her running journey 10 years ago
  • Being in her late 20s, in a difficult relationship and a stressful job
  • Running in the dark in her old school t-shirt
  • Knowing that running would change her life 
  • Feeling good and capable
  • Entering her first race and starting to run with other people
  • Running her first half marathon and being inspired to run a marathon
  • Doing her masters part time while working and how running had to take a backseat
  • Running her first post baby marathon in April 
  • Finishing up her PhD and running 30mins here and there to keep things ticking over
  • Spending time around the running community 
  • Having an emergency c-section and returning to physical activity at 6 weeks
  • Working with a postnatal specialist
  • Doing couch to 5k NHS App 
  • Starting running too soon and getting injured and needing to postpone the October London Marathon
  • Finding joy in running (Tina Muir) and why London was her ultimate Joy PB
  • Using a run walk strategy and having a detailed plan in advance
  • Doing her long runs during the week as that’s when she’s got childcare available 
  • Doing her PhD studying the representations and identities of women in ultra marathon
  • Quitting her job and becoming a full time academic 
  • Wanting more women to take part in sport and physical activity 
  • Why sports are not just a boy thing
  • Post feminist narratives around participation in sports
  • Will women outrun men?
  • Black Trail Runners 
  • The million dollar question!! (When will the PhD be finished?)
  • What’s changed over the years and starting to understand post feminism more 
  • The costs of running and why it’s not free
  • Reductionist ideas and why we need to be mindful of what’s said and seen
  • Why you can’t “just do it”
  • The pressure for women to do a lot and to excel at what they do
  • You can have it all….
  • Working with her partner to balance the challenges of life 
  • Why your priorities can’t be everything
  • How to connect with Bethan on the socials
  • Final words of advice 
  • Examine what your privileges are when it comes to sport and physical activity
  • Avoid platitudes and how you can understand your journey better  

 

Social Media

Website: www.bethantaylorswaine.com

Instagram: 

@bethantaylorswaine 

@feministsportsociologist 

 

Dec 19, 2023

“On 5th September 2022, full of excitement for what lay ahead, I began my run from Land’s End to John O’Groats to show others that despite life throwing curveballs our way we can still achieve. I intended to cover a distance of 40-50 miles a day for 20 days, a total of approximately 855 miles, aiming to become the world’s fastest female, with single-sided deafness, to complete this journey by foot. However, after 4 days of running in continual torrential rain, things went very wrong on day 5."

During this episode Sara shares more about her run from Lands End to John O’Groats, the challenges, the setbacks and how she moved forward after failure. We discuss in detail her recovery, the changes she made and how she moved forward and tried again. 

This is an episode about endurance running, passion for making a difference and never giving up.  

Sara is a brain tumour survivor who is giving back.

“Brain tumours kill more adults and children under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this disease.”

Sara is fundraising for British Acoustic Neuroma Association and Manchester Skull Base Foundation (FBT).

Sara is also the founder of: The Beyond Recovery Project.

“It's all about bringing together others on the same or similar journey, creating a ‘safe’ space and sense of community, where brain tumour survivors can share experiences and discover how to push beyond the physical and psychological barriers they face together. It's very much nature based, so walks, hikes, challenges. Lots of talking therapy - because you can't beat sharing what you're going through with someone else who has been in that place. It also aims to bridge the gap in some services post treatment, when you're considered ‘fixed’.”

Upcoming events in 2024 

May -  Toubkal with a group of brain tumour survivors

June - Hiking the Langtang valley, Nepal. 

September - The Wadi Rum Ultra (now known as Ultra X Jordan). 220km over 5 days in the Wadi Rum desert.

We first spoke with Sara:  15th March 2022 - Overcome fear and achieve your potential. Author of #SickbedToSummits. 

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🎙️ Don't miss out on the latest episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast, released every Tuesday at 7am UK time! Be sure to hit the subscribe button to stay updated on the incredible journeys and stories of strong women.

💪 By supporting the Tough Girl Podcast on Patreon, you can make a difference in increasing the representation of female role models in the media, particularly in the world of adventure and physical challenges. Your contribution helps empower and inspire others. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast to be a part of this important movement. Thank you for your invaluable support!

 

Show notes

  • Who is Sara
  • Planning a 20-day route from Lands End to John O'Groats
  • Accepting a Guinness World Record for single-sided hearing loss due to category limitations
  • Training and preparation for a 1,000-mile run
  • Working with an endurance coach and focusing on physical and psychological preparation
  • Sacrificing much of their life to train and prepare for the event
  • Balancing family, work, training, and self-care
  • Feeling ready and focused on the starting line
  • Sharing their experience of the first day of the run
  • Experiencing a torrential downpour and strong winds during a marathon
  • Having discomfort and difficulty with balance and hearing
  • Challenges of running in adverse weather conditions
  • Having single-sided deafness due to a brain tumour
  • Struggling with balance issues, tinnitus, and fatigue during their training
  • Mindfulness training and how it helped in coping with the challenges
  • A challenging endurance run with physical setbacks
  • Experiencing extreme fatigue and the need to take naps to cope
  • Having a traumatic toenail incident
  • Struggling with hip flexor pain and later developing a painful left shin injury
  • Continuing to push through and finish their planned distance
  • Struggles with disappointment after injury and ends up running career goals
  • Missing an opportunity and struggling with the mindset shift towards rehab
  • The importance of treating rehab as training
  • Accountability and consistency in the recovery process
  • Resuming running after an injury and nutrition strategies
  • Running again in mid-November 2022 after a break
  • Being diagnosed with an iron deficiency in January 2023
  • Running a half-marathon despite injury and iron deficiency
  • Second attempt at charity bike ride after setbacks
  • Feeling physically and mentally drained during the second attempt
  • Focusing on the present moment and what is directly in front of them
  • Paul Betteridge and Aimee Tippins running 50 miles in horrendous weather
  • Being joined by her friend Andrew Reed, she connected via the British Acoustic Neuroma Association
  • Experiencing persistent pain in her Achilles tendon during her running journey
  • Using a bike as a backup plan to get to John O'Groats to manage the pain
  • Reflects on post-marathon life, feeling lost and struggling to readjust
  • Working on a project called "Beyond Recovery"
  • Overcoming self-doubt and fear after a brain tumour diagnosis through adventure
  • Lack of support for brain tumour survivors during their recovery process
  • Setting up The Beyond Recovery Project
  • Her journey of creating a Community Interest Company (CIC) to address gaps in brain tumour recovery services
  • Final words of advice from Sara

 

Social Media

Website: www.saracrosland.com 

Instagram: @saracrosland https://www.instagram.com/e3coach/ 

Facebook: @saracrosland https://www.facebook.com/sara.crosland 

The Beyond Recovery Project CIC is a non profit community interest organisation improving lives of brain tumour survivors.

Website: www.thebeyondrecoveryproject.org

Facebook: facebook.com/TheBeyondRecoveryProject

Instagram: @TheBeyondRecoveryProject

 
Dec 12, 2023

Louise is a journalist, broadcaster, podcaster and writer.

She presented BBC Breakfast for 20 years and before that was a news anchor on the BBC News Channel and the BBC’s One O’clock News. She has also presented The One Show, Five Live Drive, Real Rescues and Missing Live and has been a contestant on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Time Crashers and Celebrity MasterChef.

Her first book, Dare to Tri, charted her journey from the Breakfast sofa to representing the Great Britain Triathlon team in her age-group at World and European Championships.

Her second book Fearless, Adventures with Extraordinary Women was published by Bloomsbury on 25th May 2023.

It reflect her passion for celebrating women’s success. In each chapter Louise takes on a different challenge with a courageous woman, to get to know them and tell their incredible stories.

About the book: Fearless, Adventures with Extraordinary Women

JOIN LOUISE MINCHIN ON 17 EXHILARATING ADVENTURES WITH TRAILBLAZING WOMEN WHO ARE BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS, SMASHING RECORDS AND CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES. 

'To get to the heart of who these women are… I decided to do it the way that I know best, by taking part, spending time right beside them to experience the things they love.'

Driven to bring more attention to female stories of courage and endeavour, Louise Minchin pushes herself to the extreme and embarks on thrilling endurance adventures with trailblazing women.

She freedives under the ice in the dark in Finland with Cath, the first woman to swim a mile in the Antarctic Circle; she cycles across Argentina with Mimi, one of the world's most famous female endurance runners; and she swims from Alcatraz with Anaya and Mitali, two young sisters who have braved the shark-infested waters over 70 times.

With her natural empathy and sense of humour, Louise forms close bonds with 18 incredible women. She explores what drives them and how they find the resilience and determination to go on despite life's setbacks. Lizzie overcame a life-threatening illness and now paddleboards whilst cleaning up the planet with her community; Rhian set up a charity in the face of grief and fundraises through hikes; and Zee took up rugby alongside her busy nursing career and motherhood.

Louise reminds us of the bravery inside us all, and how essential it is to celebrate women's achievements. Prepare to be touched and inspired by these fearless women.

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Show notes

  • Who is Louise?
  • Why you might know who Louise is (if you live in the UK)
  • Taking up sport at 45
  • Calling herself an endurance athlete
  • Her early years and passion for sports
  • Being a water baby and why swimming was her thing
  • Stopping swimming at 15
  • Doing a Christmas Challenge in the velodrome for BBC Breakfast in 2012
  • Having 1 hour of training before race night
  • Buying herself a road bike with drop handle bars 
  • All the gear….
  • Making mistakes on the bike
  • Being encouraged by a friend to try a triathlon
  • Being a goal driven person and why having a goal helps with training 
  • Advice for taking your first step 
  • Telling other people and feeling a sense of accountability/responsibility to achieve goals
  • Being willing to say yes to new challenges
  • Being pushed out of her comfort zones at work 
  • Fears and concerns before her first triathlon 
  • Her attitude of - lets give it a go
  • Not worrying about negative outcomes or failure
  • Having a life changing moment when her daughter was born 
  • Thinking she might die and how the experience changed her
  • Having a more positive attitude to life 
  • Feeling so lucky to do what she does
  • Her love for cycling and spending time on the bike (both indoors and outdoors)
  • Becoming a Team Great Britain (GB) Triathlete  
  • Representing her country at triathlon at the World and European Championships at Olympic distance.
  • Feeling extra pressure when competing in the UK
  • Training for a triathlon and fitting it around her work and job
  • Waking up at 3.40am every day to host the breakfast show
  • Book: Dare to Tri: My Journey from the BBC Breakfast Sofa to GB Team Triathlete
  • Chapter 14 - Kit list - What to take and why to take it.
  • Book: Fearless: Adventures with Extraordinary Women
  • Loving stories about adventure
  • Why do we never hear about women doing these adventures and challenges?
  • Making changes at the BBC around equal pay and being allowed to say hello first
  • Wanting to drive change, by going and doing it 
  • Doing 17 different adventures with fearless women 
  • Needing to amplify women’s voices 
  • Needing different heroes 
  • Trying to get Fearless on the TV
  • Noticing change 
  • Do you know who Mimi Anderson is?
  • Do you know who Cath Pendleton is?
  • Free diving under the ice in Finland with Cath 
  • How hard could that be?
  • Why being fearful and having fear is a good thing
  • Deciding to cycle across Argentina with Mimi Anderson 
  • Feeling the fear and wanting to stop
  • Listening to her gut
  • Doing running with Susie Chan
  • Being part of a wonderful sisterhood of amazing women
  • Running the London Marathon with her daughter
  • Fitting in training while travelling for the book tour
  • How menopause has impacted on exercise and taking HRT
  • How to connect with Louise on the socials
  • Final words of advice for women who want to be fearless and embrace new adventures 
  • Words from Belinda Kirk   

 

Social Media

Instagram: @louiseminchin 

Twitter: @louiseminchin 

Books: 

Dare to Tri: My Journey from the BBC Breakfast Sofa to GB Team Triathlete 

Fearless: Adventures with Extraordinary Women 

 

Dec 7, 2023

Raquel Vélez is the Founder and CEO of Alpine Parrot, an outdoor apparel company that caters specifically to people of size and people of color. She brings with her almost two decades of engineering experience, having received her degree in mechanical engineering from Caltech, worked and studied as a robotics engineer, and eventually shifting over to software engineering and engineering management. 

Now, as an apparel engineer, she's creatively tackling one of the oldest (and most polluting) industries by creating sustainable, inclusive clothing for a market of people who have so often been neglected in the outdoor space. 

As a plus sized Latina who discovered her love of the outdoors later in life, Raquel has put an incredible amount of careful consideration into the design of each product, focusing on great fit and quality construction. She was named one of Outside Magazine's Outsiders of the Year 2021 and one of Well+Good Magazine's Changemakers 2023.

Raquel has lived in 4 countries, speaks 5 languages, and currently lives in California.

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Show notes

  • Who is Raquel?
  • Living in California, USA 
  • Her early years
  • Loving to read and explore through books
  • Getting into the outdoors in her 20s
  • Learning how to ski and falling in love with it
  • Her gateway to the outdoors
  • Climbing, camping, surfing and backpacking
  • The lack of Latina role models
  • Growing up being surrounded by whiteness 
  • Making friends in the outdoors
  • Learning how to sew and make patterns
  • Having a degree in mechanical engineering
  • How hard could it be?!
  • Designing an 8 piece plus size women’s ski/snow line
  • Being miserable but earning good money and doing interesting work
  • Starting to think about quitting her job
  • How Alpine Parrot came about
  • The reason behind the company name
  • Putting a plan in place to quit her job
  • The transition from full time employment to being an entrepreneur 
  • Figuring out personal finances and if there was a market for a plus sized focused clothing company 
  • Making plans and metrics for success
  • Engaging with her audience, designing hiking pants and getting feedback
  • Launching a kickstarter in 2021
  • Starting to sell clothing in August 2022
  • Needing to understand what the problem was with plus sized hiking clothes
  • How clothing is made
  • The fit model 
  • Making clothes that fit people in bigger bodies
  • Making the outdoors more inclusive 
  • Happy tears 
  • Making people feel they belong
  • Why there is nothing wrong with your body 
  • 2 different fits for pants - Mountain and River
  • 2 different fits for tops - Coastal and Forest 
  • Using the outdoors to help manage stress
  • Having to make hard decision and needing to let people go 
  • The power of being in nature 
  • Expanding internationally 
  • Buy Alpine Parrot in Australia/New Zealand - Plus Snow
  • Buy Alpine Parrot in the UK - Vampire Outdoors
  • How to connect with Raquel and Alpine Parrot 
  • Final words of advice - on how to get into the outdoors
  • The power of taking one step
  • Walking with purpose

 

Social Media

Alpine Parrot - 🌲🚶🏽‍♀️Outdoor apparel for sizes 14-30 and 1X-5X!
✨ Latina owned and operated ✨

Website: alpineparrot.com 

Instagram: @alpineparrot 

 

Dec 5, 2023

In this episode of the Tough Girl Podcast, we delve into the inspiring journey of Maite Rojo, a passionate ultra runner who has taken on some of the toughest challenges in the world of endurance racing. 

Born in a small fishing village in Northern Spain, Maite's love for sports and running ignited at a young age. Encouraged by her family, she discovered the simplicity and joy of running, eventually becoming an integral part of a supportive running community.

Over the years, she embarked on marathons, ultra marathons, and eventually 24-hour races, pushing her body to its limits.

Maite's perseverance and dedication paid off when she won two 24-hour challenges, with her second victory securing her a direct entrance to the prestigious Spartathlon Race in Athens. In the gruelling Spartathlon, Maite ran an astonishing 247 km and placed 9th female, proving her indomitable spirit.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Maite recently tackled the Ultr'Ardèche ultra race in France, covering a distance of 222 km and finishing in an impressive 4th place. Her relentless pursuit of new challenges and her ability to adapt to the demands of each race showcase her extraordinary strength and tenacity.

Beyond her own personal achievements, Maite also dedicates her races to her father, who battles a degenerative illness that affects his mobility. Her running journey serves as a testament to the power of resilience and the ability to find strength even in the face of adversity.

Join us as Maite Rojo shares her insights on training for 24-hour races, the importance of rest and recovery, nutrition for endurance athletes, and the mental preparation required to conquer monumental challenges. Her story is one of passion, perseverance, and the unwavering belief in following one's heart.

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Show notes

  • Who is Maite
  • Born in Northern Spain in a small fishing village
  • Currently living in her brothers house, close to Santiago, Spain
  • 50 years old 
  • Spending time around boats from a young age
  • Learning dingy sailing with her brother at 18 years old
  • Having a love for sports from a young age
  • Starting running at 13 years old 
  • Her running journey and how it progresses 
  • Being very shy as a child and being encouraged by her family to do sports 
  • Loving the simplicity of running
  • Finding fellow runners and being part of a community 
  • Competing for 6 years in running before stopping due to other commitments 
  • Sailing full time and trying to train for her first half marathon
  • Running 1 or 2 marathons a year
  • Training for 24hr races 
  • Supported her brother running the Spartathlon 2018 (he was the only Spanish finisher)
  • Being inspired and wanting to race the Spartathlon 
  • Entering the Spartathlon lottery for 3 years before going for a direct entrance
  • Doing her first 24hr race In New Zealand (23rd Self-Transcendence 24 Hour Track Race) and running 206km and placing 1st female. 
  • Running a 24hr track race in Barcelona (24 hores d'ultrafons en pista de Barcelona (ESP)) and qualifying for the Spartathlon by running 216.9km
  • Quitting her sailing job to focus on running and training for 4 months before the Spartathlon Race
  • Wanting to be super prepared
  • Working as a running coach
  • Wanting to challenge herself with training and to see how much her body could adapt to the challenges of the race
  • What training looked like 
  • Looking at her strengths and weaknesses 
  • Being able to do hard sessions and being able to recovery quickly
  • Focusing on strength training while working on a boat when not able to run
  • How sailing helped prepare her for sleep deprivation while running through the night
  • Starting to increase her millage on a gradual basis and doing back to back training sessions at the weekend 
  • Tips for rest and recovery and why its good to have a regular massage
  • The benefits of stretching 
  • Working on her weaknesses and focusing on building strength in her legs through weights
  • Ensuring enough food is consumed to support her body and training needs 
  • Nutrition for fuelling her body as a vegetarian, wanting to eat as natural as possible (avoiding gels)
  • The mental preparation for the Spartathlon Race
  • Race strategy for running including dealing with cut off points and the challenge of the mountain in the middle
  • How meditation helped during the race - focusing on the beauty of the running environment from the stars to the moon.
  • Reducing her caffeine consumption before the race and then having caffeine again before the mountain 
  • Being supported by her crew and seeing her brother at aid stations along the way
  • Running Ultr’Ardèche, in France (222km) and getting 4th place  
  • How to connect with Maite 
  • Why it’s important to have passion for what you do and why you should follow your heart. 

 

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